Character Analysis: Faust

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            It is human nature to want something more than what they have.  It might be a trait, a talent, or perhaps a different look.  We aren't happy with what we have.  The question is, what would one give to acquire said desire?  Some would be willing to give, ultimately, who they are.  Their soul and their lives for the rest of eternity.  Why? This question, and the Faust theme of good versus evil, have lasted throughout time in literature because it gives people an answer, security, and its ability to be related to.
            Faust, like Odysseus, is striving to pursue full knowledge and understanding of the world and everything in it.  He is a ...view middle of the document...

The theme has popped up so many times because everyone is looking for an answer.  An answer of where they'll go after death, of what they truly want in life and how to get it.  An answer would mean security, and security can mean different things to different people.
            Some find this security in religion, like a light at the end of the tunnel.  They may throw their whole hearts and souls into said religion, just because they need something to cling to as to offset the deep-seated fear of death.  While it is true that some actually believe in the doctrine of their denomination, others have different motives.   I believe that the church can also be used as
a motivator for people to do good and keep on the path that “the man” wants.  When someone commits a sin, as defined by the church, they are supposed to feel so guilty about it that it overtakes their life. This happens to Gretchen in the story. Conversely, one can find this security in the devil, and an answer when they sell their soul to the devil. They may spend the rest of eternity in hell, but that might possibly be better than wherever else one might go.
            Another reason why Faust has remained apparent in written literature is because it is a perfect metaphor for life and it is something we can relate to.  Life is basically about searching for more and for fulfillment and meaning.  Of course we enjoy the journey, but it is still a journey.  We will find that the journey is not all daisies and daffodils, as Faust did, and that there are bumps in the road.  I suppose that is what an individual gets for not being satisfied with what they have.  Everyone like that, no matter what they say.  The pursuit of more in life is what we do every day.  We go to school to get into a great college to get a good job and more money just so we can later get an even better job and even more money, eventually reaching perfection which is something that the younger generation is told to accomplish and is the ultimate goal in life.  We all want perfection, and our decision making capabilities can be blinded by said desire.  Faust is deceived by the devil, and pays his life.  While still alive and in league with Mephistopheles, he tricks Gretchen into forgetting her lovely Christian self and killing her own mother.  Some people will literally do anything to get what they believe is the ultimate goal, no matter how unattainable it actually is.   Faust loses all concern for his mortal soul in the process.  “A good man...

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